On consecutive days, Olathe residents wake up to find homes struck by gunfire

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OLATHE, Kan. -- A pair of homes in Olathe were shot up Monday and Tuesday morning, one both days. A 17-year-old living at the home in the 900 block of North Jan-Mar Street said a young man threatened to shoot up his house several months ago, because he was dating a girl he liked.

Residents at the home found bullet holes in the couch they were sleeping on, and the TV right above their bed, as shots rang out on consecutive nights.

“There’s two or three there, two up there, three right there that went through the house and hit the wall inside, even the car got damaged by the bullets,” neighbor Jacob McElroy pointed out.

The first shots rang out at 3:50 a.m. Monday morning.

“I wake up and I ask Carlos what’s going on, we see bullets all over,” a resident who goes by X said.

Those shots were fired at the upstairs of the home where a man, woman and the teenager were sleeping.

A couple hours later similar rounds likely from a .22 caliber pierced through a home on North Blake Street.

Then early Tuesday morning, the gunfire again came through the garage of the Jan-Mar Street home into X's bedroom.

“I was sleeping and basically all the shooting was on top of me,” X said.

“I was like okay this is getting out of hand if it’s happening all over again,” McElroy said.

McElroy says he considers his neighbors to be family.

“The fact my little brother’s house got shot up, it’s not okay,” he said.

Olathe police say they are looking for a person of interest. Right now they aren’t saying how the cases might be related, but say they believe they are. Jan-Mar victims said they weren’t sure of the connection either. No one was hurt.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Olathe Police Department at 913-971-6950 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.